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Alex Russell

Australian actor Alex Russell has starred in Hollywood movies like ‘Chronicle’, the ‘Carrie’ remake and ‘The Host’, as well as local movies like ‘Bait’ and Ivan Sen’s new thriller ‘Goldstone’. He is currently in Queensland shooting Greg McLean’s latest film ‘The Jungle’, in which he appears alongside Daniel Radcliffe. He also appears in the short film ‘Oranges Don’t Grow On Trees’, which is screening at the St Kilda Film Festival. Greg King spoke to Alex about his career and his many films.

You can listen to or download our Alex Russell interview right here.

 

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Knock Knock Monster Pictures

After the first wave of announcements last week saw the release of the official Monster Fest 2015 poster, that SCARE CAMPAIGN would be the opening night film, plus the announcement that this year’s special guests will include the likes of Butch Patrick (The MUNSTERS), Fred Williamson (FROM DUSK TO DAWN) and Dee Wallace (E.T.), Monster Fest, Australia’s premier cult and horror film festival, is proud to announce the second stage of programming and ticket sales for Monster Fest 2015 – 26th to 29th of November at Australia’s newest home of cult cinema, The Lido Cinema in Hawthorn, Melbourne.

 

Over the coming weeks, the FULL PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT will include details of over 40 feature films – ‘Official Selection’ and retro gems, two short film programs – ‘Trasharama’ and ‘Monster Shorts’, more guests, bands, Monster Market, Munstapalooza horror hot rods, and more.

 

Meanwhile, here’s a fresh sack of treats for Monster Fest fans:

 

SCREENING OF AUSTRALIAN CULT CLASSICS: WOLF CREEK (10th ANNIVERSARY SCREENING) AND SMOKE ‘EM IF YOU GOT ‘EM

It’s been 10 years since Australian actor John Jarratt first morphed into the now legendary horror ‘baddie’ Mick Taylor and began menacing (and murdering) backpackers in the harsh Australian wilderness.

 

To celebrate Mick’s reign of bloody terror, MONSTER FEST is proud to announce that this year’s program will include a special 10th Anniversary Screening of director Greg McLean’s Aussie horror masterpiece, WOLF CREEK. Aside from John Jarratt (DJANGO UNCHAINED) WOLF CREEK also stars Cassandra Macgrath (SCARE CAMPAIGN), Kestie Morassi (TV’S SATISFACTION) and Nathan Phillips (THESE FINAL HOURS).

 

In 1988 Melbourne director Ray Boseley created one of the greatest cult movies ever produced in this country, SMOKE ‘EM IF YOU GOT ‘EM.  Released only on VHS back in the day, the film has built a dedicated fan base over the years, who have yearned to see it once again in all its big screen glory.

 

Cast and Crew from both films, including John Jarratt, Greg McLean, Ray Boseley and Clayton Jacobson will be attending and presenting Q&A sessions post screening.

 

A BREAKFAST SCREENING OF E.T WITH SPECIAL GUEST – DEE WALLACE

Remember that special feeling you felt when you first heard the adorable alien E.T. utter the words ‘ET phone home’ in Steven Spielberg’s 1982 Academy Award winning film E.T. THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL?

Now fans (and newbies) of all ages can re-fall in love with E.T. as MONSTER FEST is proud to announce a special breakfast screening of E.T. THE EXTRA TERRISTRIAL during which fans will be able to meet actress Dee Wallace who plays Mary (the mother) in the family classic.

 

 

WORLD PREMIERE OF AUSTRALIAN FILMS – BULLETS FOR THE DEAD & CAT SICK BLUES

MONSTER FEST 2015 will see the World Premiere of a number of Australian films and we are proud to announce two of these today – BULLETS FOR THE DEAD and CAT SICK BLUES.

BULLETS FOR THE DEAD is directed by first time feature director Michael Du-Shane and tells the story of a hardened bounty hunter, a gang of outlaws in his trust and a preacher who are forced to work together and battle their way across the Wild West during the outbreak of a zombie apocalypse! The film stars Christopher Sommers (THE WATER DIVINER), Vanessa Moltzen (I AM EVANGELINE) , Hugh Parker (MY MISTRESS), Troy Mackinder (SANCTUM) and Emma Randall (DAYBREAKERS).

CAT SICK BLUES is an Aussie horror directed by another first timer, Melbourne filmmaker, Dave Jackson. CAT SICK BLUES tells the story of Ted Henson (Matthew C. Vaughan) whose beloved cat dies, triggering a total mental breakdown and prompting him to attempt to reanimate his feline friend – all he needs is nine human lives! This hilariously twisted and unique new film stars Shian Denovan (SAWNY: FLESH OF MAN) and Noah Moon (I’M YOU DICKHEAD).

 

CLOSING NIGHT FILM – KNOCK KNOCK

MONSTER FEST is proud to announce that the Official 2015 Closing Night Film will be director Eli Roth’s (HOSTEL, CABIN FEVER, THE GREEN INFERNO) latest film KNOCK KNOCK – a remake of the 1977 psychological thriller DEATH GAME. KNOCK KNOCK tells the twisted tale of a devoted husband and father who tries to do the right thing when 2 young women come knocking on his door looking for help. KNOCK KNOCK stars award-winning actor Keanu Reeves (THE MATRIX, SPEED, JOHN WICK), Lorenza Izzo (THE STRANGER, THE GREEN INFERNO) and Ana de Armas (OVERDRIVE, DAUGHTER OF GOD).

 

A Closing Night Awards Party, hosted by Melbourne’s ‘Queen of the Crypt’, Cherry Bites, follows the screening and will have festival goers rocking into the wee hours with a performance from much loved Melbourne rockers, ‘The Tarantino’s’!

 

TICKETING
For Monster Fest 2015 the tickets are easier and cheaper than ever before. All tickets, excluding Opening Night Gala and Party, will be available as individual session tickets, but with so much on, and with an All-day pass so damn cheap, and available now, why stop at one session?

$30 Opening Night Film & Party: The Australian Premiere of The Cairnes Brothers’ SCARE CAMPAIGN followed by a themed party. ON SALE NOW

$20 Single session ticket: All Monster Fest films and events will be available as single session tickets when the full program is announced, but why would you want a single session ticket when day passes are such incredible value, and available now? SINGLE SESSION TICKETS ON SALE SOON

$20 KOOKS & SPOOKS Trivia Extravaganza: Must be purchased as an individual session ticket – is not available with a day pass. ON SALE NOW

$40 Friday All-day pass:  Starts 11am Friday, Includes all Friday sessions, including ATOMIC EDEN and Blaxploitation marathon. Expires 11am Saturday morning.

$40 Saturday All-day pass: Starts 11am Saturday, incudes all Saturday sessions, including THE HOWLING, Dee Wallace ‘Clip n Tell’ and midnight screening of THE HOWLING presented by Cinemaniacs and Dee Wallace

$40 Sunday All-day pass:  Starts 11am Sunday, includes all Sunday sessions, including ‘I Was a Pre-Teen Werewolf’, Closing Night Film KNOCK KNOCK, closing ‘Monster Awards’ party, but excludes Munsterpalooza on the rooftop. Expires midnight Sunday.

These tickets represent incredible value, EVERY film or session (excluding Trivia), for the price of 2 individual sessions – is there a better value festival ticket in this country? Probably not! ON SALE NOW

$50 Munsterpalooza (Sunday only): All the value of the Sunday All-day pass but with the extra value of exclusive access to the Lido rooftop for an afternoon of BBQ, Bands and Beer. Only 80 tickets available. ON SALE NOW

$60 Swinburne Mega Pass: Exclusive to current Swinburne University student cardholders. This ticket will get students into EVERY SESSION at Lido on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, excluding Kooks and Spooks Trivia.

* Does not include Dee Wallace Masterclass or Munstapalooza on the rooftop.

$150 Dee Wallace Acting Masterclass: 5 hour acting masterclass with a cinema icon at Swinburne University. ON SALE NOW
$300 VIP PREMIUM PASS – The Big Daddy of the Monster Fest tickets – This ticket offers unrestricted, fully reserved priority access to EVERY SESSION at the Lido – Opening & Closing films and parties, special events, screenings, Munstapalooza on the rooftop etc, PLUS exclusive merchandise packs, private Special Guests meet a’ greet and much more. ON SALE NOW.

 

MONSTER FEST RUNS FROM NOVEMBER 26-29 @ THE LIDO CINEMAS, HAWTHORN (VIC)

Wolf Creek 2 Poster

Summary: The outback once more becomes a place of horror as another unwitting tourist becomes the prey for crazed, serial-killing pig-shooter Mick Taylor.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 20th February, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Australia

Director: Greg Mclean

Screenwriter: Greg Mclean, Aaron Sterns

Cast: Shannon Ashlyn (Katarina Schmidt), Chloe Boreham (Lucille), Annie Byron (Lil), Shane Connor (Senior Sergeant Gary Bulmer Jnr.), Ryan Corr (Paul Hammersmith), Ben Gerrard (Cop), John Jarratt (Mick Taylor), Gerard Kennedy (Jack), Phillipe Klaus (Rutger Enqvist)

Runtime: 104 mins

Classification:MA15+

OUR WOLF CREEK 2 REVIEWS & RATINGS

Adam Ross: Stars(3)

Please check Adam’s Wolf Creek 2 review of that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #68

Greg King: Stars(3)

Please check Greg’s Wolf Creek 2 review of that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au

Nick Gardener: Stars(3)

Please check Greg’s Wolf Creek 2 review of that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au

 

David Griffiths:

The original Wolf Creek film stood out because it brought something new to the horror genre… which at the times was starting to get a little stale. Director Greg Mclean did something a little different with the film. Not only was it beautifully shot as it captured the beauty of the Australian outback but it also mixed a regular thriller style film with the true gory horror of something like Hostel or Saw.

This time around though Mclean has decided to mess with the formula a little. Mclean seems to have taken on board some of the criticisms (albeit that some were completely unfair) of the first film and tried to fix that while also keeping to the horror genre rule that the sequel to a film always needs to be bigger and better than the first film. Whether that makes it better or not though… well that is another story again.

Wolf Creek 2 again sees the return of one of Australia’s most notorious serial killers, the brutal Mick Taylor (John Jarratt). This time Mick finds himself under the gun from scene one with Police Officer Senior Sergeant Gary Bulmer Jnr. (Shane Connor) trying to make life hell for them.

Once he has overcome that little hurdle though Mick soon finds himself chasing backpackers again – in the form of Katarina Schmidt (Shannon Ashlyn) and Rutger Enqvist (Phillipe Klaus) although he again runs into trouble when meddling Englishman Paul Hammersmith (Ryan Corr) begins to get in the way of all his plans.

This is kind of horror film that fans of the genre are either going to really love or really hate. Things such as giving Mick a bit of a comical edge is certainly going to divide fans. On one hand it does create a bit of a buffer for Mclean seeing that this time around we see a more sinister edge to Taylor but at the same time horror purists are certainly going to argue that it does hold the film back a bit.

Perhaps the biggest thing that needs addressing with Wolf Creek 2 is that it feels like Mclean has almost made this three films in one. First of all it’s Mick vs The Cops, then it’s Mick vs The Germans and then lastly Mick vs Paul, and to be really honest the film doesn’t kick into top gear at all until the third storyline, especially when we finally get to see into Mick’s lair.

Mclean it seems is also very proud to show off some of Australia’s rich film history with Wolf Creek 2. There is certainly some scenes that seem to pay tribute to some great Australia Ozploitation flicks such as Turkey Shoot or Fair Game while the car chases could have come straight out of any of the Mad Max films. But no chases featuring big rigs or CGI kangaroos is going to make up for the fact that for most of Wolf Creek 2 the story badly lets it down.

When it comes to the acting Wolf Creek 2 certainly doesn’t test it’s cast too much. John Jarratt seems to handle the change of being an intense character with some comedy elements pretty well… but then what do you expect from an actor who over the years has done things as broad as hosting a Home And Gardens renovations show and also a kid’s show. The acting talents of Aussie greats like Shane Connor and Gerrard Kennedy seem wasted in their roles while Ryan Corr does his best to get noticed but even he isn’t given a massive amount to work with.

There is no simple way to say it. Wolf Creek 2 is good but for very different reasons to the original Wolf Creek. Kudos to Greg Mclean for sticking to his guns and making a politically incorrect horror but purists of the genre should be warned that there may be one or two things that you don’t approve of.

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Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(3)

IMDB Rating:  Wolf Creek 2 (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Wolf Creek 2′: Please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #68 for our full Wolf Creek 2 review.

Trailer:

Wolf Creek 2 Poster

WOLF CREEK 2 has made a killing at the Australian box office this weekend, taking in over 35% more than the original.

Wolf Creek 2 grossed $1,702,073 on 218 screens nationally across its opening weekend (Thursday to Sunday).

“The original Wolf Creek struck a real chord with Australian audiences as we finally had our very own horror icon in Mick Taylor, so the Wolf Creek 2 team and I are absolutely delighted that fans are embracing the new film with the same, if not even more, excitement. It’s also a testament to the incredible local actors and crew we are blessed with, whose talent really gets to shine in an ambitious production like this” said Director, Greg McLean.

Roadshow Films Managing Director, Joel Pearlman said “Mick Taylor is back with a vengeance. Greg McLean has crafted a great successor in Wolf Creek 2 and Australian audiences made this the #1 film at the box office this weekend, which is particularly exciting for a local production.”

Wolf Creek 2 is currently screening in cinemas nationally.

Wolf Creek 2 Poster

A new Wolf Creek 2 clip has been released. The film which is directed by Greg Mclean and stars John Jarratt, Ryan Corr and Shannon Ashlyn will be released in Australia on the 20th Feb, 2014.

You can view the Wolf Creek 2 clip below.

 

 

 

 

Wolf Creek 2

Wolf Creek 2 has been invited to premiere at the 2013 Venice Film Festival for an out of competition midnight screening.

“I’m absolutely thrilled that Wolf Creek 2 has been selected to screen at one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world” said Director, Greg Mclean.
“Presenting our film to an international audience ahead of the Australian release will not only be a great honour, but also a great way to experience how this very Australian movie plays to a global audience. My hope is it will be embraced for being every bit as entertaining, controversial and compelling as the first movie.”

Actor, John Jarratt who once again steps out as the hauntingly sadistic Mick Taylor said “It’s very rare for a film festival to accept a sequel, unless it’s exceptionally high quality. This is a wonderful endorsement of our great film.”

The Venice Film Festival is the oldest international film festival in the world and takes place annually on the island of the Lido, Venice.

WOLF CREEK INFO

Trapped in a bloody battle of wits with sadistic serial killer Mick Taylor, a fresh group of unsuspecting backpackers find no mercy in this terror-filled sequel to Wolf Creek. His irreverent attitude towards human life has escalated to a sadistic new level, more terrifying than ever, will anyone escape this gruesome game or has the nightmare only just begun?

Written by Greg Mclean and Aaron Sterns and produced by Helen Leake (Swerve, Black and White, Heavens Burning), Greg Mclean and Steve Topic (Crawlspace), the film comes nine years after the original Wolf Creek hit screens internationally.

Wolf Creek 2 will be released in Australia on the 20th of February 2014 by Roadshow Films. International sales are being handled by Arclight Films.